Pray for Elizabeth

Posted by Dr. John Gresham Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:07:00 GMT

Everyone who has been on a SPIN retreat has experienced how God's love radiates through Elizabeth Chitwood. Now she needs our prayers. Hear is her request for prayer:

Dear Friends,

I have been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. I will begin an oral Chemo called Xoloda on Dec 2nd - 7 days on and 7 days off. Depending on the side effects I will stay on this treatment for an extended period of time. Thank you for all the support, cards, love and most importantly prayers.

If anyone is interested, you are invited to join us at Sts. Peter & Paul parish Dec. 15th at the end of our 9:30 Mass when I will be anointed . The parish has donuts, cookies, coffee and juice following Mass every Sunday.

When Dennis or I feel sad about cancer coming back, we realize we are focused on ourselves and not on God. When we praise and thank Him for what He is doing through this illness we are again at peace knowing His glory will be revealed. We began PRAISE as a constant form of prayer over 30 years ago. We often use praise in little circumstances (headache or lost while driving, etc) and this habit bears abundant fruit each time we remember to trust God and praise Him. May praise and thanksgiving be a constant prayer to our loving and merciful God in ALL situations.

If you want to join some people praying for healing of my cancer, we are praying through the intercession of Archbishop Gabriel Ganaka*, and my mom, Anne Weiss.

Here is the prayer:

Prayer for the Canonization of Archbishop Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka, Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria. Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit of God, we humbly ask that you move the conscience of the Church to raise Archbishop Gabriel Ganaka to sainthood. As Patron of the Lost Sheep, we ask his intercession for all the unconverted. We ask his prayers to strengthen the heart of the Church in all its needs. In particular we ask through his intercession the granting of this petition (complete healing of Elizabeth's cancer) Amen. Please conclude by reciting a Hail Holy Queen.


*Archbishop Ganaka was the first indigenous bishop of his diocese in Nigeria and a leader of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Africa -- you can read about him at the Dictionary of African Christian Biography.